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Zippy Shell USA Sponsors Powerlifting World Championship »

October 23, 2014 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: Zippy Shell

October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Washington, D.C. – Zippy Shell USA is proud to announce the company’s sponsorship of the 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation 2014 World Championships. The competition is one of the largest powerlifting events in the world with over 300 athletes competing from as far away as Russia and Canada. The 2014 World Championship is being held on Oct. 30- Nov. 2, 2014 in Virginia Beach.
The competitors range in ages from pre-teens to adults with the youngest competitor being a 12 year old New Jersey native. Zippy Shell will sponsor a championship belt to be awarded to one of the top competitors of the championship.
"Just as these competitors strive to be world class, Zippy Shell works every day to deliver world class customer service to our customers who are moving or need storage for their stuff", said Josh Greene, VP of Marketing for Zippy Shell...

Dunkin' Brands Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results »

October 23, 2014 at 7:23AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

CANTON, Mass. - Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -
Third quarter highlights include:

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth of 2.0%; Baskin-Robbins U.S. comparable store sales growth of 5.8%
Added 197 net new restaurants worldwide including 120 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S.
Revenue increased 3.4%
Adjusted operating income increased 11.3%; adjusted operating income margin of 51.6%
Diluted adjusted EPS increased 19.5% to $0.49
Board of Directors declares $0.23 fourth quarter dividend

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today reported results for the third quarter ended September 27, 2014...

Country Kitchen® Hits It Home »

October 23, 2014 at 6:56AM PDT | Source: Country Kitchen
Country Kitchen Opportunities Available

A Return to the Heritage that Defines the Brand
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON, WI – Country Kitchen® Restaurant has spent the last three years re-focusing the brand towards the history, ideology and core competencies which helped define it over these past 75 years. This new focus has led the brand to the most successful years in the past decade and has reinvigorated the franchise community as well as the corporate team as 2014 continues on this upward slope.
It is well documented that times have been tough for the restaurant industry over the past four years but this reality has not dampened the mood at Country Kitchen International. Since 2011, when the company was acquired by Legacy Franchise Group, LLC, the brand has enjoyed a string of successful "Limited Time Offer" (LTO) campaigns as well as tremendously effective and well received menu launches...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Increased Sales And Earnings For The Third Quarter Of Fiscal 2014 »

October 23, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop


Consolidated comparable store sales increase 0.8% following a 6.4% increase in the 2013 third quarter
Retail gross margin expands 360 basis points to 43.7% from 40.1% in the 2013 third quarter
Net income of $1.8 million compares to a net loss of $1.4 million in the 2013 third quarter, an increase of $3.2 million
Earnings per diluted share improve to $0.10, or $0.15 excluding $0.05 per diluted share in management transition and store closing expenses

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today reported results for the fiscal third quarter and first thirty-nine weeks ended September 27, 2014...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Partners With Macy's, Inc. To Open Shop-in-Shop Locations For The Holiday Season »

October 23, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Five Interactive Shop-in-Shop Locations to be Added Within Leading Macy's Stores
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today announced a strategic partnership with Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) to open licensed shop-in-shop locations in select major markets in anticipation of the 2014 holiday season. Build-A-Bear Workshop® will bring its emotional, interactive retail experience to Macy's rich heritage and storied holiday tradition with the opening of five locations within leading Macy's retail stores including Herald Square in New York City. Build-A-Bear will also be showcased in Macy's famed Santaland® at select stores and will again feature a themed float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®...

GNC Holdings, Inc. Schedules Conference Call And Webcast To Report 3rd Quarter 2014 Financial Results »

October 23, 2014 at 5:54AM PDT | Source: GNC

PITTSBURGH - Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC), a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, has scheduled a webcast and conference call to report its third quarter 2014 financial results on Thursday, October 30th at 9:00 am Eastern Time. During the call, discussions may include material developments that occur subsequent to the distribution of this press release but before the scheduled earnings call.
A live webcast of the call will be available on www.gnc.com via the Investor Relations section under "About GNC". A replay of this webcast will be available through November 28, 2014. You may also listen to the live call by dialing 1-877-232-1784 inside the U.S. and 706-679-4448 outside the U...

La Quinta Holdings Inc. Reports Strong Third Quarter 2014 Results »

October 23, 2014 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: La Quinta Inn

- Generated RevPAR Growth of 8.9%- Achieved Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA Growth of 13.6%- Increases Full Year 2014 Guidance
IRVING, Texas - Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - La Quinta Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LQ) today reported its third quarter 2014 results on a pro forma basis, giving effect to La Quinta's initial public offering (IPO) and the related transactions as described below, as well as the results of operations for the third quarter 2014 on a historical basis.
Third Quarter 2014 Highlights:

Pro forma total Adjusted EBITDA increased 13.6 percent to $109.3 million, and Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 130 basis points
Pro forma net income increased 17.9 percent to $21.0 million; historical net income was $12...

Massage Heights Introduces 90-Minute Facials »

October 23, 2014 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Massage Heights
Massage Heights Opportunities Available

Company launches extended services to help Guests elevate skin care and take a bigger step to whole body health.
San Antonio, TX - October 23, 2014 - (PR.com) - Your face says a lot about you, where you’ve been, how you are feeling, your age and most importantly it shares your whole body’s health. The old saying really is true, "it’s written all over your face." And being that your face is one of the first things people notice, what will that first impression tell them? Regular facials offer a variety of health benefits such as increasing circulation, reversing the signs of aging and hydrating and removing environmental impurities. Committed to providing Members and Guests with the best overall health and well-being, Massage Heights, a leader of professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and facial services, will begin offering 90-minute facials on November 3, 2014...

Maui Wowi Makes A Splash With Latest Orange County Franchise »

October 23, 2014 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

Hawaiian coffee and fruit smoothie retailer grants Southern California resident its latest franchise agreement, continuing the brand's expansion on the West Coast.
Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the premium island coffee and fresh fruit smoothie retailer, has recently signed a franchise agreement granting Orange County resident, June Padua, the rights to own up to three units. She joins a growing number of Maui Wowi franchisees in the Southern California market and along the West Coast, where the brand culture has thrived in recent years.
Maui Wowi Hawaiian currently has 32 franchisees in the state of California, operating 55 units that include seven fixed retail locations, as well as outlets on the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton...

The Melting Pot Offers Comforting Fondue Flavors Inspired By The Fall Season »

October 23, 2014 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

Fall Fondue Features Include Lobster Cheese Fondue and Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Fondue
TAMPA, Fla. - October 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Melting Pot, the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, is celebrating the fall season with chef-inspired seasonal fondue flavors available for a limited time.
"On a crisp fall day when you crave warm, comforting food, fondue is always a good idea," said The Melting Pot Chef Jason Miller. "This is the inspiration behind our latest seasonal creation, Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Fondue, which has all the heartwarming flavors we can't get enough of at this time of year."
Limited-time fondue features choices inspired by the fall season include:

Lobster Cheese Fondue: A delicious blend of rich lobster and crab bisque, award-winning Butterkäse and fontina cheeses, cold water lobster meat, fresh lemon juice and scallions...

Dunkin' Brands Announces Fourth Quarter Cash Dividend »

October 23, 2014 at 4:46AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

CANTON, Mass. - Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend to shareholders. The dividend of $0.23 per share of common stock is payable on December 3, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 24, 2014.
About Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 18,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of fiscal 2013, Dunkin' Brands nearly 100 percent franchised business model included nearly 11,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and 7,300 Baskin-Robbins restaurants, which are primarily owned and operated by approximately 2,000 franchisees, licensees and joint venture partners...

TruBlue Total House Care To Serve Residents Of Racine County »

October 23, 2014 at 4:41AM PDT | Source: TruBlue Total House Care

TruBlue of Racine, a new local franchise, specializes in providing complete house care, including maid services, lawn care, home improvements and emergency repairs.
Racine, WI (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - Kelly Tanner spent her health care career helping people and now she's bringing that passion to her new business, TruBlue Total House Care of Racine.
TruBlue of Racine specializes in providing complete house care, including maid services, lawn care, home improvements and emergency repairs. Kelly and her team are starting by focusing on complete house cleaning as well as snow removal services. TruBlue works with home owners, real estate professionals, general contractors and property managers to maintain homes and rental properties, improve curb appeal, make final preparations to sell homes and more...

Leading Hinsdale Brokerage Leaves ERA To Join RE/MAX Network »

October 23, 2014 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – A prominent real estate brokerage in affluent Hinsdale, Ill., has joined the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network and parted ways with ERA. Now known as RE/MAX Signature Homes and located at 22 N. Lincoln St., the brokerage, formerly ERA Team Feinstein, was the most successful ERA office, not only in the Hinsdale market, but in the metro Chicago area. It has a staff of approximately 40 affiliated brokers, a support staff of five and 2013 closed sales volume of more than $250 million.
Broker/owner Linda Feinstein said that her decision to join RE/MAX was based on the organization's progressive approach to all facets of the real estate business.
"I was especially impressed with the technology that RE/MAX provides," said Feinstein...

First Krispy Kreme Location In South America Set To Open »

October 23, 2014 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: Krispy Kreme

Grand Opening of Krispy Kreme Bogota, Colombia Doughnut Factory Planned for October 24, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2014 - Krispy Kreme (NYSE: KKD) announced today that its first store in Colombia is expected to open on Friday, October 24, 2014, in partnership with its franchise partner, IRCC Ltda., a subsidiary of VA! Group. The new Bogota, Colombia shop will mark the sweet treat retailer's inaugural entry into South America.
"It feels incredible to be the first Krispy Kreme franchisee in South America. We are eager to introduce this beloved brand and Krispy Kreme's great-tasting doughnuts to the people of Bogota," said Felipe Baptiste Liévano, President of VA! Group. "We are confident that our fellow Colombians will enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness of the hot Original Glazed® doughnut, and that the unique in-store experience of the Doughnut Theatre™ will bring smiles to the faces of guests of all ages...

Trusted Partner Of The Home Depot For Hardwood Floor Renewal Fuels Expansion In California »

October 23, 2014 at 4:02AM PDT | Source: NHance Wood Renewal

N-Hance Wood Renewal to Set Up Shop at the West Coast Franchise Expo
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Anaheim, Calif. – N-Hance Wood Renewal, the national partner of The Home Depot for the renewal of hardwood floors and kitchen cabinets, will be exhibiting at the West Coast Franchise Expo (WCFE) from October 23-25 at booth no. 241 in the Anaheim Convention Center. As home improvement sales are expected to experience a seven percent growth from 2014-2015, N-Hance Wood Renewal has experienced remarkable growth in the past year.
N-Hance Wood Renewal has had a growing presence in California since 2003. With 16 franchisees owning 44 territories through the state, including four franchise owners servicing Orange County alone, the company plans to add at least two additional franchise owners in the California market in the next six months...

VOM FASS Named To Inc. Magazine's List Of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies »

October 23, 2014 at 3:50AM PDT | Source: VOM FASS

October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON, Wis. - Inc. magazine announced today the ranking of VOM FASS USA on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent entrepreneurs.
"To be included among such successful companies is a great honor," said Justin Gibson, the CEO of Madison-based VOM FASS USA. "It's a testament to the hard work of our team this year and the incredible growth of our franchise movement – by the end of 2014, we'll have 25 stores in 15 different states."
The 2014 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc...

The Little Gym Expands Partnership With Nickelodeon To Host Official SpongeBob SquarePants Parties »

October 22, 2014 at 12:04PM PDT | Source: Little Gym

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - Oct 22, 2014) - "Are you ready, kids?" "Aye-Aye Captain!" The Little Gym International today announced that children can celebrate their birthdays SpongeBob-style at The Little Gym as the experiential learning and physical development center is introducing "SpongeBob SquarePants"-themed Awesome Birthday Bash parties at participating U.S. locations.
The Little Gym's curriculum for its new "SpongeBob SquarePants" parties, designed for children up to age 12, is being developed by the company in partnership with Nickelodeon. The birthday parties will take children on an undersea adventure inside their local The Little Gym, as children engage with characters like Patrick, Squidward and Mister Krabs in an interactive and imaginative story that gets kids moving, climbing and tumbling through active play...

Painting With A Twist Studios Nationwide To Host Charitable Events For Veteran's Day »

October 22, 2014 at 11:59AM PDT | Source: Painting with a Twist

Leading Paint and Sip Franchise Hosts Nov. 11 'Painting with a Purpose' to Benefit Special Operations Warrior Foundation
MANDEVILLE, La. - October 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Painting with a Twist®, the nation's largest paint-and-sip franchise, will host system-wide fundraising events on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation through the company's charitable arm, Painting with a Purpose.
There are 100 studios participating in this fundraiser with at least 50 percent of each event's proceeds being donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Some studios are donating 100 percent.
Guests can visit the Painting with a Twist locations page to find their nearest participating studio...

Nation's Leading Holiday Lighting And Decorating Franchise Shines Brighter This Season By Partnering With Barcana Inc. »

October 22, 2014 at 11:41AM PDT | Source: Christmas Decor

Christmas Decor Decks the Halls with Diverse Line of High-End Trees, Ornaments and More
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lubbock, TX – Christmas Decor, the nation's leading professional holiday & event decorating franchise - is proud to announce its newly formed partnership with Barcana Inc. (Barcana), one of the nation's leading artificial tree manufacturers. In addition to providing spectacular, unique lighting displays that create dazzling results, Christmas Decor will now offer consumers an extensive line of high-end artificial trees, wreaths, garlands, ornaments and more.
For over 50 years, the Barcana name has been recognized as the leader of high quality manufacturing of artificial Christmas trees. However, being headquartered in Southern California created a set of challenges for the third generation family business when it came to freight and logistics...

Bruegger's Bagels Announces Winner Of $10,000 Artist Challenge »

October 22, 2014 at 11:36AM PDT | Source: Bruegger's Bagels

Minnesotan's artwork is displayed at Flagship Bakery in Commerce Hill
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // BURLINGTON, Vt. – Bruegger's Bagels has selected the original artwork of Taia Morley of Stillwater, Minnesota, as the winner of its $10,000 Artist Challenge.
As part of the 2014 opening celebration for its new prototype and flagship Commerce Hill bakery in Woodbury, Minnesota, Bruegger's Bagels issued a $10,000 Artist Challenge. The competition sought an original work that conveyed the artist's interpretation of the Bruegger's Bagels brand to complement the bakery's new urban chic design. Morley's winning work is now displayed in the Commerce Hill bakery and other select locations nationwide.
"The bagel is the heart and soul of Bruegger's Bagels, and we love how Taia's design conveys that 'bagel world' in a way that is whimsical, original and just a little bit quirky," said Judy Kadylak, vice president of marketing for Bruegger's Bagels...



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